Vermont hospital discloses 700+ patient email addresses via online survey

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Rutland (Vt.) Regional Medical Center on May 11 sent out an online patient survey displaying the email addresses of its more than 700 recipients, according to Burlington Free Press.

The electronic survey aimed to ask Rutland Regional patients how the hospital could improve its discharge process, Burlington Free Press reports. However, email addresses were not BCC'ed, and therefore visible to all other recipients.

"When we were alerted to the situation, we immediately terminated the email survey and started an investigation," a hospital spokeswoman told Becker's Hospital Review via email. "The only patient information referenced in the email was the individual email addresses."

Peg Bolgioni, a hospital spokeswoman, declined to comment to Burlington Free Press on whether the email disclosure constitutes a HIPAA violation.

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